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‘Indigenous news doesn’t rate’: NITV News axed

SBS is scrapping its half-hour nightly indigenous news program, with an “undisclosed current affairs program” to go in its stead.

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No news but good news: MMP journos told to get on Team Melbourne

The Fairfax-owned Weekly Review magazines have scrapped local news coverage altogether.

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O’Brien: we’re asking the wrong questions about Ferguson’s Hockey interview

Former host and interviewer for 7.30 Kerry O’Brien says criticisms like Colleen Ryan’s risk creating a climate of self-censorship, sanitisation and timidity at the ABC.

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Press gallery veterans back Ferguson’s ‘blood on your hands’ moment

Fairfax journalist Colleen Ryan has suggested 7.30 host Sarah Ferguson was ‘disrespectful’ to Joe Hockey on budget night last year. But press gallery veterans say it was a great question.

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Labor to roll over on data retention bill — but with a twist

Labor is poised to back a data retention regime, but protection for journalists and whistleblowers is under consideration.

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Barrett Brown: five years ‘to investigate the prison-industrial complex’

Journalist Barrett Brown, who first exposed the sinister links between the cybersecurity industry and the US government, has been sentenced to five years’ jail.

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Think you know your news? Take Crikey’s tabloid moniker quiz

We’re huge fans of tabloid monikers in the Crikey bunker. As the silly season gets under way, we figured we’d regale you with some of our favourites. Guess who we mean …

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Meet the startup trying to create the Spotify of news content

TV has Netflix. Music has Spotify. And now, news has inkl. Startup Smart journalist Kye White explores this ambitious new enterprise.

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Dear George, this is how you can fix your mass surveillance program

The risks in the government’s data retention bill could be substantially reduced if the government and security agencies were willing to accept some limitations.

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Razer’s class warfare: Sharri v Barrie — a tedious set of self-referential ping pong

Sharri Markson’s incorrigible self-interest is actually a symptom shared by many journalists in an industry that won’t stop talking about itself.

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The ABC debate: the ABC must innovate

Without the freedom to innovate, the ABC will just become the commercial media’s shadow, writes Margaret Simons

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Albo finally weighs into press freedom — but it’s more complicated than you think

The debate over jailing journalists who reveal ASIO’s covert operations is welcome but missing some context — and it’s not the biggest threat to media freedom on the agenda.

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What’s behind the sudden furore on jailed journalists?

Why are some mainstream media journalists suddenly so unhappy about the government’s national security laws? Because they feel like they’re collateral damage in a broader war.

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‘The pay deal is terrible’: Fairfax journos lose money but keep their grades

Fairfax’s union members have finally negotiated an EBA with management, swallowing “lousy” pay increases for the ability to maintain their conditions.

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Star Observer‘s cost woes worsen as journalist claims underpayment

A journalist at Australia’s oldest gay publication has claimed he was underpaid for his work, but the Star Observer says he was a contractor.

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Sub-hub Pagemasters’ jilted bride could come back to haunt

Outsourced subediting company Pagemasters walked away from a deal with an Asian consortium. It’s now looking for other Australian suitors — Pagemasters might come off second-best in the competition.

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A ‘privatised’ ABC wouldn’t be worth anything

Crikey readers talk black boxes and what might happen to the ABC.

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The age of consent: journalists’ ethics in natural disasters

Do journalists need consent from people before interviewing them or taking an image of them? Dr Denis Muller at The Citizen draws on research in the aftermath of Black Saturday to map out a workable ethical standard.

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Don’t look now, but here’s some good news for journalism

You’ve heard the doom and gloom about the future of journalism. Well here’s some good news — venture capitalists are investing in quality content, due to a ‘perfect storm’ of favourable conditions. And they’re not planning to lose money.

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Hold the front page: is investigative reporting making a comeback?

Newsrooms are contracting, and there is less money to fund journalism. So investigative reporting must also be suffering. On the contrary, writes Andrea Carson at The Citizen.

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What a report about Aboriginal health can teach journalism

Lessons from a report on Aboriginal health issues can be transferred to journalism.

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The bespoke, luxury world of AFR chief Michael Stutchbury

The Australian Financial Review’s retreat into an √©lite outlet by big business appears complete. Take Michael Stutchbury’s latest weird missive to readers, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Lessons for the auto industry

Crikey readers have their say on Holden, auto subsidies and journalism prizes.

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The anti-wind farm spin

Crikey readers have their say on the issues of the day.

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As journalism jobs go, how will graduates find work?

With the mainstream media shedding jobs, but universities bumping up their numbers of journalism students, where will these fresh-faced wannabe Lois Lanes find work? Freelance writer Kylar Loussikian looks at the numbers.

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